Yin Yoga

About Yin Yoga: 1) Most popular forms of yoga focus on movement, muscle strength and elasticity. 2) Yin Yoga focuses on the flexibility of the joints and connective tissue. As we get older we become stiff because of joint problems in our backs, ankles, legs and knees. 3) Yin Yoga postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissue that forms our joints. If we want to  maintain joint flexibilities, we must "exercise" the connective tissue. 4) Fundamental characteristic of Yin Yoga is holding pose for several minutes (1-5 minutes), in stillness, with the majority of muscles relaxed. The longer holding stretches the connective tissue minutely. With regular practice your body responds by growing the tissue a little longer and thicker, which is what you want in order to maintain flexibility. 5) As we get older, healthy connective tissue accounts for 51% of our flexibility, while muscles only account for 48%. As a result, Yin Yoga is an essential part of a complete yoga practice. 6) Before 1950, most yoga was practiced "yin" style:  postures held for longer times in stillness. What students are saying about Yin: "Yin Yoga has helped me deal with the uncomfortable situations off the mat." "Yin Yoga has taught me how to allow and accept uncomfortable situations and not to run away. It has taught me how to be present to my life and live in the moment." Class information: Instructor: Sandy Crowell Class times: Saturdays from 9AM to 10:30AM Cost: $10 About the Teacher: Sandy Crowell started a Kripalu yoga practice in 1995. She progressed to a vigorous Ashtanga practice until 1999 and got hurt, and then gratefully returned to Kripalu yoga. She got certified to teach in 2001 and has been teaching ever since. She started Yin Yoga in 2005 and has been teaching Yin since 2008.